Low Mileage Ugly Duckling: 1957 Chevrolet Corvette

After a life time spent with the same family, this Corvette went to its second home about a year ago after sitting for 48 years. Originally a black car with a red interior, this Chevy was repainted burgundy at some point in its life. One very interesting features of this car is that it is a driver, and there are quite a few fuel injection badges stuck to this weathered driver. This 50,030 mile Chevy is currently bid up to $30,100. Take a look at it here on eBay out of Pella, Iowa.

First and foremost, the original 283-3 speed is missing, but this Corvette is equipped with a 327 V8 and a M20 4 speed. Despite the Fuel Injection badges, the seller isn’t not positive that this car was originally a Fuelie or not. There is no Fuelie hardware included, so the 327 is a fair enough power plant to get you where you want to go.

Despite the “beater” exterior appearance, the interior is in fair enough shape minus the broken dash where someone installed a later and larger radio. Also there are a few cracks in the steering wheel, and the carpeting appears to either be faded, or missing.

A hard top is included in the sale, and the body although unpleasant, is in fair condition. I am sure there is body work to finalize on this car, as there at least is some special work needed on the passenger rear quarter. Apparently repaired at some point in time, that quarter may need some fiberglass work and sanding to get it shaped right, and smoothed out. The rest of the body appears in fair shape, with decent panel gaps. The modern wheels are a bit of an eyesore to me, but an old set of steel wheels would do the trick for this American Sport car. Ready to drive, this is one of the few classics that you wouldn’t have to worry yourself with rock chips, and parking lots dings! Would you enjoy this Corvette as is?

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  1. Derek

    Sounds like fun. Take it somewhere twisty and hilly and gie it beans.

  2. Dirk

    You’re damn right I would.

  3. Frank Sumatra

    And I would wear goggles when driving it.

    • Dirk

      Beer goggles?

  4. joe haska

    If wanted this car to be a flipper, primer the body and put on steel wheels, create a great back story ,and count your money!

  5. Jimmy

    Wonder if that picture with the top on was taken at the original owners place, it looks to be a farm with the tractor and other farm machinery in the background. I would be surprised since my wife is from Iowa and they are pretty conservative people that any farmer would own a Vette.

  6. Houndawg

    My brother in law is a farmer and you are right very conservative. But he still has his ’66 Verte that he bought in ’75. Been sitting in the barn since ’84. He’s gonna restore it some day. His brothers ’67 had been in the corn crib since ’84 as well. Too bad both of them are rotting away and covered in pigeon crap.

  7. John m leyshon

    No doubt that 327 runs well. I bet you get more looks tearing up the road in it than a trailer queen. Enjoy her as she is !

  8. 71FXSuperGlide

    Judging by the casting # that’s a mid-year small block.

    Good project, will be interesting to see how high the bidding goes.

  9. Andre

    May have been a victim of a “custom” body job.. removed front bumpers bosses, no rears with exhaust ports, no fender scoops, later C1 taillights.. if one were to restore this all considerations (ie: costs)

  10. theGasHole

    are those…..Delorean wheels?

    • RichS

      Nope, not Delorean wheels. One too few bolt holes.

      • theGasHole

        Ahhh yes that’s right they were 4 lug rims. Good catch.

  11. Maestro1

    I’m not a Corvette fan and this is a big number to restore and see some gain from.

  12. Gaspumpchas

    I’m with John—run it as is or mop some California suede ( primer) on it (primer) , then drive the snotty corvette–327 4 speed is most righteous and will get you some tickets from John Law!

    Good luck to the new owner!

  13. RichS

    “the seller isn’t not positive”

    So he’s positive? Or not.


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